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Revalidation for Rural Practitioners

reval_guideThe RCGP have just released their Guide to the Revalidation of General Practitioners. It’s a must-read given that the GMC plans to phase in its strategy for relicensing and revalidation in 2009.  Whilst the document itself doesn’t specifically address issues of revalidation in rural/remote practice, there is work going on – including within the RCGP Rural Forum – to represent these concerns at national level.

 

We’ll report on the key updates, including any opportunities to get involved with the Rural Forum’s work on this.  Meantime, the NHS Revalidation Support Team is worth looking at.  If you’re keen to contribute to the process, contact us at blog@ruralgp.org.uk and we can put you in touch with the relevant people.


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James Ferguson on Telemedicine

Clip from Lesley Riddoch‘s BBC Scotland show on 18 January 2008.  James Ferguson is Consultant in A&E Medicine in Aberdeen, with an interest in telemedicine – he’s part of the team at the Scottish Centre for Telehealth.  He covers topics related to remote medicine, including hospital closures and using technology to reduce the problem of distance.  Recommended listening!

[podcast]http://cdn2.libsyn.com/rqs/January_18__2008_Teleheath.mp3[/podcast]

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Lesley Riddoch on Telehealth

Lesley Riddoch, an excellent broadcaster on Radio Scotland, interviewed some top names in Telehealth in 2007.  Although it was recorded 2 years ago, the standard of broadcast is high and the programme is more about what telemedicine could eventually achieve.

Those interviewed are: Dr Leonard Witkamp a dermatologist and Director of the Telemedicine Centre in Holland; Dr Richard Scott of the e-Health Research Programme at the University of Calgary and Prof James Dunbar of Dept of Rural Health at Flinders Univ in Australia.

[podcast]http://www.lesleyriddoch.co.uk/files/health_chat.mp3[/podcast]

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